Category Archives: Health Promotion

Understanding Environmental Health

Dr Stephen Genuis is someone who has an excellent understanding about  environmental and public health.

He  now has a new website and has also started an easy to understand  video series on environmental health, where he  discusses causes, effects, and what can be done to help the growing numbers of us who experience environmentally linked chronic health challenges.

By “those of us” I (and he) mean many more people than conventional medicine considers to be environmentally affected, and he gives excellent examples of this  in the videos (as well as in his research papers).

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Lynn Lawson Received NCEHS EI Pioneer Award Weeks Before Her Death

1-2 Lawson - Lynn Lawson Holding NCEHS Award December 14, 2015 Lynn Lawson with award, December 14, 2015

Ninety year old Lynn Lawson of Evanston, IL passed away on January 30, 2016

In September, 2015, Mary Lamielle, Executive Director  of the National Center for Environmental Health Strategies,  named Lynn Lawson the first recipient of the NCEHS EI Pioneer Award:

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And The Winning Answer Is…

About a year ago I decided to give away an electronic item of some value that had belonged to my kids as they no longer wanted it and it had some chemical residues that prevented me from enjoying it (more too toxic tech issues). I posted it to a community giving group that is similar to Buy Nothing or Freecycle, where there are a lot of things given and received, for free (mostly clothing, toys, and small items).

 

community

As it was permitted to ask questions of respondents, I also decided to ask a question that people had to answer to be considered as a potential recipient.

Along with the description of the item, I posted:

*Please answer one of the following questions

1. Has anyone ever told you a product you use made them sick, and if so, how did you handle it?
or
2. If it hasn’t happened yet, how would you handle it if it did happen?

The responses included:

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Healthy Living Tips 101

Here are three simple Top Tips For Healthy Living (printable) PDFs, with clear information on things we must do to live healthier lives, including things to do and things to avoid, in order to prevent cancer and other health problems that are linked to all the everyday toxic exposures we are currently subjected to. Continue reading

Environmental Sensitivities Day Event in Montreal

From the Environmental Health Association of Québec (aseq-ehaq)

May 12, ENVIRONMENTAL SENSITIVITIES DAYLet’s talk about it!

Conference on Environmental Health in Montréal May 12, 2014

Montreal, May 12 , 2014 – Today, May 12th is Environmental Sensitivities Day.

On May 12, in addition to a conference in Montreal, the Environmental Health Association of Québec is having events on Environmental Health in Québec City, Sutton, Saint Casimir and Gatineau.

The Environmental Health Association of Québec is proud to present a ground breaking conference titled:

TOXIC LEGACY & GENDER INEQUALITY
Women are more susceptible to the effects of the environment on health. How you can safeguard yourself from harm.

Simultaneous translation available

Chair:
Dr Barry Breger, M.D.

Speaker:
Dr John Molot, M.D., C.C.F.P., F.C.F.P.
Environmental Health Clinic, Women’s College Hospital, Toronto

Press Conference: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Private press time with Dr Molot)

Registration including booth visits: 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Conference: 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Meet the speaker & book signing: 9:15 – 10:00 p.m.

EHAQ bilingual_conference_invitation_jpegVenue:

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Are There Any Doubts?

doubt

verb (used with object)
1.to be uncertain about; consider questionable or unlikely; hesitate to believe.
2.to distrust.
3.Archaic. to fear; be apprehensive about.

verb (used without object)
4.to be uncertain about something; be undecided in opinion or belief.

noun
5.a feeling of uncertainty about the truth, reality, or nature of something.
6.distrust.
7.a state of affairs such as to occasion uncertainty.
8.Obsolete . fear; dread.

Sometimes doubts can be useful, when they compel us to investigate things more thoroughly, but industry financed doubt has had a lot of harmful impacts

“Doubt is our product,” a cigarette executive once observed, “since it is the best means of competing with the ‘body of fact’ that exists in the minds of the general public. It is also the means of establishing a controversy.”

We are having our minds (and bodies) messed with in so many ways
and it can become overwhelming when we learn how bad some things really are.
Understanding what is happening can empower us so we can change course. Read on to see some of the ways we are being had (globally), how some things are interconnected, and some tools we can use to help us work through our doubts.

Corporate Counterfeit Science – Both Wrong and Dangerous

Andrew Rosenberg, director, Center for Science & Democracy

“Last week, a New York Appeals Court ruled unanimously that that Georgia Pacific, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, must hand over internal documents pertaining to the publication of 11 studies published in reputable scientific journals between 2008 and 2012. At issue in the case: whether the firm can be held accountable for engaging in a “crime-fraud” by planting misinformation in these journals intending to show that the so-called chrysotile asbestos in its widely used joint compound doesn’t cause cancer.”

… “Asbestos is but one case of “ghost-writing” of counterfeit science for academic publications in an effort to market or cast doubt on scientific results.  Recently, the editors of the Public Library of Science (PloS) Medicine, a respected open-access scientific journal, published a series of articles highlighting how widespread the problem has become in the pharmaceutical field and the difficulties academic journals are facing as they try to combat the problem. …

As a scientist, it goes against my teaching and experience to accept that ghost-writing of fraudulent scientific papers in the name of commerce should be allowed to continue unabated. Not only does it undermine the entire scientific enterprise, it poses an enormous potential threat to the public.” …

http://blog.ucsusa.org/corporate-counterfeit-sciene-both-wrong-and-dangerous-152

Dr Margaret Chan

Director-General of the World Health Organization

Opening address at the 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion
Helsinki, Finland
10 June 2013

“Under the pressure of these forces, chronic noncommunicable diseases have overtaken infectious diseases as the leading cause of morbidity, disability, and mortality. …

The globalization of unhealthy lifestyles is by no means just a technical issue for public health. It is a political issue. It is a trade issue. And it is an issue for foreign affairs.

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